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 Posted: Wed Dec 12th, 2012 06:52 am
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Some of my projects have been a bit neglected recently.  Here's the reason.  I'm constructing a chook run around the Taj Ma Fowl and I have to make a gate.

For that I need some RHS steel tubing.  As I have to extend the lighting gantry to cover the extra 1.2 metres of my new RR&Co shelf layout, I thought I'd recycle the existing frame for the gate.  Still with me?

So, the upshot is I have had to make a new lighting gantry.

. . . and here it is . . .



Five metres in length, with 6 downlights.



Here's the new extended shelf from the North end.  Yes, Peter.  That's your C 47.  It's made it to the head of the queue.



Here's the uvver end.



Here are the three transformers for those who like that kind or stuff.



. . . and here's a piccy of the 6 downlights after they have been painted with Pot Belly Black.  Although they are only 12 Volts, they get seriously hot and need heat resistant paint.

After painting, you have to put the lights on low to bake the paint before you can turn it up - or it will shrink.

A bit boring I know, but it's the best I can do at the minit.    :roll:



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I can see my Class 47 Max but no hens ................:shock::shock::shock:

You presumably have it all connected to a dimmer switch .....:roll::roll:   Looks the bees knees. :thumbs  A lovely "warm" light with what appears to be, very little "over-spill".

What I do find amazing is the state of your train room :shock:  Mine always looks like a cross between a land-fill site and some middle-eastern war zone ...........

I keep telling Liz it's "work in progress" but I'm not convinced she believes me. :???:  Maybe I could keep it tidier if she'd let me use the bedroom instead of having to go up into the attic.  What do you think ?



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Heh.  Heh.  Good Luck with that, Peter.

They are still on low in the piccy.  Once they go up to 3/4 (pic 3), and beyond, the pools of light join up.

Downlights are no good for photography as you can tell from my earlier work, - too yellow, but they make the layout look good when you view it live as you say.

I learned early to get the lighting done before I start work, so I can see properly.

All that trackwork etc., is soon to be pulled up and a completely new plan laid out.

Re the tidiness, I just throw everything on the floor out of shot before I start taking the photos.  :mutley



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MaxSouthOz wrote:

Re the tidiness, I just throw everything on the floor out of shot before I start taking the photos.  :mutley

And Peter, he kicks it under his curtains around the layout just before visitors arrive exclam:



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Ah, that's what I need in my train room - curtains !!!!  Thanks Sol. :thumbs



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Max,

Any reason you didn't use  new LED down lights - no heat at all ..



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Yes, Dave.  Not in any order.  The LED lamps are about $35.00 each.  They make a blue-white light which doesn't enhance the scenery the way these do.  The angle of the beam is much more acute, therefore I would need nearly twice as many to get the same coverage.



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